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4 Corporate Innovation Trends Set to Disrupt the Business Landscape in 2021
2020 was not what we expected, but nevertheless the old adage ‘out of adversity comes opportunity’ has never been more apt. The enormous pressure of the pandemic has caused irrevocable change, forcing organizations to adapt and innovate to survive. Yet in many cases it...
Top 3 Alternative Assets for your Business Innovation Strategy
With every enterprise innovation initiative, the most obvious and commonly prioritized assets are ideas. These are the backbone of innovation and can deliver amazing value, however they are ultimately only one aspect of innovation. In this blog, we will share the additional ‘innovation assets’...
Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector
The Enexis Group finds itself in an industry prime for innovation stagnation; well-established solutions, a workforce often resistant to change, and heavy regulation on procedures and costs, means that spontaneous innovation is not something that can happen easily. Yet the company has managed to generate hundreds of new ideas each year since 2014, resulting in millions in cost-saving and improved employee safety. In this exclusive interview, we sat down with Michiel Van Dam – DSO Architect at Enexis – to hear how the company has implemented a strategic approach to operational innovation, and embedded this across the varied divisions...
The Role of Innovation in New Product Development: Three Approaches for Success
Innovation is essential throughout the entire new product development (NPD) process, but nowhere is it more key than it is in the Fuzzy Front End (FFE) stage. FFE is the starting point of NPD and is where new product ideas are generated before entering the formal development process. Developing a strategy here is key in creating an efficient and cost-effective idea generation process, but how should you approach this? In this blog we will share how crowdsourcing, incremental, and breakthrough innovation can be used as part of your NPD strategy throughout the FFE stage. We will also share how...
Building a Business Case for Innovation Management – Why Now?
We all know it is not business as usual at the moment, and it’s even more important than ever for us to carefully prioritize where we focus our efforts both individually and collectively. However, I have recently been seeing reports of many businesses going...
Crowdsourcing: An Innovation Tool to Overcome the Limits of Remote Work
The unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to change ways they do business. Almost every business operation has been affected: from the manner firms talk to their customers to the logistics of product delivery to maintaining channels of communication between employees. Corporate Innovation: A Victim of Remote...
Growing Strong: How A Dedicated Continuous Improvement Process Can Nurture Corporate Innovation
Having a method in place to capture, refine, and unleash disruptive new ideas is crucial for any innovation strategy. However, it’s just as important to employ a dedicated approach that allows incremental, small-scale improvements to be implemented systematically over time. In this article– we’ll...
Digital Civic Engagement in the age of Covid-19, BLM, and Economic Recovery
COVID-19, the worst recession since WW2, worldwide Black Lives Matter protests on police brutality – and we’re only 7 months into 2020. This year has given communities a lot to say and governments’ plenty to address, pushing civic engagement into the front of many...
Does Crowdsourcing Need “Rethinking”?
Benefits of crowdsourcing: Common Misconceptions In my previous post, I gave a working definition of crowdsourcing and described two major crowdsourcing approaches: adding capacity and accessing expertise. I also argued that although numerous organizations – including corporations, governmental agencies, and nonprofits – have used crowdsourcing to solve complex business problems, its wider adoption in the marketplace has been relatively slow. Some of the reasons for the slow adoption of crowdsourcing are rooted in the very nature of the method. There is widespread uncertainty regarding which business problems crowdsourcing can and cannot solve. Besides, many organizations – especially those new to...
Innovation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Innovate Effectively During a Crisis
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “Crisis is an opportunity riding on a dangerous wind”. During these days of global unrest – with news about the coronavirus and its severity changing daily – businesses across all sectors should keep the message of this proverb in mind. Although we are inevitably seeing the cancellation of business gatherings and events, along with increasingly severe “social distancing” restrictions concerning movement and the sharing of public spaces, this doesn’t mean that innovation at your company needs to be stifled. Ironically, the same behaviours that fertilize...
What is Crowdsourcing, and How Can it Add Value to Your Enterprise?
Since the 2004 publication of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the idea that large groups of people can be smarter than a few individuals, no matter how brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities, and public opinion. Crowdsourcing...
5 Corporate Innovation Tools and Tactics: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Company
Looking to inject ideation into your company’s innovation process, but not sure where to start? This is the blog you’ve been searching for… As French author Victor Hugo famously wrote, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” These words ring...

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